A huge tornado hit areas near Oklahoma City this afternoon, marking the second time a tornado has hit the state in recent days.
Local news affiliate KFOR reports that the twister appeared have touched down in Newcastle, just south of Oklahoma City, before heading through the suburb of Moore.
This image from the National Weather Services shows the preliminary path of the school:
National Weather Service
The tornado is believed to have been at least an F4, possibly an F5 (the highest category) with a 2-mile wide debris ball. KFOR's news anchor described it as "ripping up everything in its sight," and reporters on the ground said it was leaving "Atomic bomb-like devastation."
The National Weather Service issued a "tornado emergency" for the Oklahoma City area, and has called the tornado "large and extremely dangerous," USA Today reports.
KFOR reporters say that at least two schools in Moore have been hit by the tornado and severely damaged. One reporter described seeing third graders being pulled out of school after the storm, and there are reports that 75 people were in Plaza Towers Elementary school when the tornado hit.
Images from the live feed appear to show parts of the town virtually flattened:
Video footage from NBC shows large fires, with no fire engines on the scene.
KFOR interviewed one man who survived the storm by hiding in a horse stall. He told reporters that only one horse at the farm survived:
The Associated Press reports that Moore was hit hard by a tornado in 1999 that included the highest winds ever recorded near the earth's surface. A meteorologist for KFOR is predicting that today's tornado may have left more damage.
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